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Owensboro Health Tent Reinstalled to Treat COVID-19 Patients

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Owensboro Health is among hospitals across Kentucky reporting a recent surge in COVID-19 admissions.  

The hospital is bringing back some policies that were in place at the height of the pandemic.

Owensboro Health has reinstalled a tent outside the hospital emergency entrance.  The tent went up a year ago when the coronavirus was at its worst.  It was removed in May once the hospital experienced a sustained lull in COVID-19 admissions. 

With the recent spike in cases in Daviess County, the Messenger-Inquirer reports the tent is open again as a place for hospital patients to receive mono-clonal anti-body infusions. 

Owensboro Health has gone from about three admissions per day to 21 this past weekend.  In addition to reestablishing the tent, the hospital is once again requiring masks for everyone inside the hospital, regardless of their vaccination status. 

Another policy being reinstated will mean all patients will be tested for COVID-19 prior to having any procedure.  Hospital leaders say they’re concerned about the summer surge, which wasn’t anticipated. 

Owensboro Health hasn’t said yet if the COVID-19 vaccine will become mandatory for employees.

Rhonda Miller joined WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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